Friday, April 1, 2011

Tucson Water Repairs to Affect Water Service on City’s Northeast Side

Water service will be temporarily disrupted to residents in an area on the northeast side of Tucson during the early morning hours of Saturday, April 2, 2011. The repairs will require water service disruptions to an area bounded roughly by Broadway Boulevard on the north, Freeman Road on the east, Old Spanish Trail on the south, and Houghton Road on the west.

The water service outage is expected to take place between the hours of 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Tucson Water crews will be replacing a 12-inch valve at the Rauscher Reservoir, which is located near North Houghton Road and Old Spanish Trail. The work is being scheduled during the early morning hours in order to minimize the impacts of the water service disruption to customers in the area.

The repair is being conducted as part of a multi-year Capital Improvement Program to inspect and rehabilitate reservoirs located throughout the Tucson Water service area. Fernando Molina, Public Information Officer for Tucson Water stated “For many years, Tucson Water has been focusing on capital improvement projects that improve our ability to receive and utilize our renewable water supplies at the Avra Valley recharge and recovery facilities. With that work largely
complete, we are now moving forward with capital investment projects that focus on ensuring that the existing infrastructure is properlymaintained.”

According to Molina, many of the reservoirs currently in use were built in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Conducting a
thorough inspection is the first step in the rehabilitation process, ensuring that the distribution system will sustain the community into the future.